Listen to Them

A new report from the UK House of Lords says the government there doesn't listen to its scientific advisers, and recommends that they be consulted during policy making, reports the Guardian's Ian Sample. "The government must overhaul its use of chief scientific advisers to prevent departments from ignoring and sidelining evidence that affects their policies," he says.

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